I’ve had enough of depression, I’m not going to have it again, I’ve written a book, and I’m a public speaker.
But I still can’t shake the thought that I might be depressed.
And when I started having depression in the last year, I realized that I was not alone.
I was not the only one.
I spoke with several women who were experiencing depression and anxiety, including a young mom whose mother had been diagnosed with a form of depression.
I spoke with women in their 40s and 50s who said they were struggling with depression and had gone to see a doctor, but they hadn’t been helped by doctors in the past.
They didn’t know where to turn.
In the past few years, Ive had the privilege of meeting and talking with a range of mental health professionals, ranging from mental health experts and psychiatrists to community mental health workers and family members.
And one of my most memorable experiences was meeting with a psychiatrist who had spent decades in the mental health field and who had taken a course on the “recovery” from depression.
He shared with me the struggles he had endured, and then told me how he had come to terms with his own depression, which he’d experienced in the late 1960s and 1970s.
He explained how he was “drowned” in depression as a child.
He recounted how his mother, who suffered from a form in which her blood pressure spiked, would sit in a chair and say, “I can’t breathe.”
He described how, as a young child, he would spend hours crying in the basement because his mother was too scared to go outside.
He also described how his family struggled to cope with his mother’s depression, how he would struggle with depression himself.
He talked about how, at a young age, he thought he was special.
He explained that he was taught that being special meant being smart, beautiful, and strong.
Then he shared that he had been taught to be ashamed of being special.
I was stunned.
I thought he might be right.
My first question was, Why?
Why does this happen to so many people?
As I listened to his story, I understood that depression is not a diagnosis.
It is a condition, not a disease.
And that, in many ways, it is similar to other medical conditions, like diabetes or obesity.
I knew that depression and its symptoms can be treatable, and that, at times, I could manage depression without medication or therapy.
But depression is still a disorder.
And for so many of us, it feels like we’re on a path to recovery.
I wanted to know more about the treatment that I have heard about, and how to navigate the often confusing, confusing, and sometimes discouraging treatment landscape.
To get my thoughts in perspective, I started reading the DSM-IV and DSM-5 diagnostic descriptions of depression and how it relates to the symptoms of bipolar disorder, depression, and postpartums depression.
What I learned is that the diagnosis of depression is a bit like having a medical condition: it can be treated, but it’s not a cure.
And if you’ve got a diagnosis of postpartures depression, you might want to consider treatment.
The DSM-III and DSM 5 diagnosis of bipolar is bipolar disorder and bipolar disorder is not associated with manic symptoms or hallucinations.
The DSM-II also included bipolar disorder.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-IV) describes bipolar disorder as “a recurrent pattern of major depressive episodes that includes a persistent, clinically significant impairment in affective functioning.”
It is similar in nature to the condition of major depression, or major depressive episode.
In the DSM, bipolar disorder describes the recurrent pattern that can occur with multiple episodes of a mood disorder.
This is often referred to as “major depressive episode” or “MDE.”
It’s characterized by recurrent, long-lasting mood changes and changes in the way one’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors interact with others.
The DSM is not the same as the DSM IV, the DSM V, or the DSM 5.
Both the DSM and DSM V include bipolar disorder in their diagnosis.
But DSM-I, the first edition of the Diagnostic AND Statistical Manual, is the only current version of the DSM.
DSM-V has been out for decades.
It contains several updates, including revisions to the criteria for bipolar disorder that changed its definition and treatment.
This includes making the condition more likely to occur in people with a history of mood disorders.
The revised DSM-4 includes changes to the definition of bipolar as “anomalous mixed-phase disorder.”
This definition was used to classify bipolar disorder from the DSM III.
DSM III included a diagnosis for bipolar depression, as does DSM IV.
The latest revision of the criteria, DSM-7, has added “the presence of a depressive episode or manic episode.” The